Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has hailed his team-mates and believes the level of consistency that they have shown in the second half of the season shows that they can push on next season.
The Gunners seemed to struggle at the start of the season as it looked like the loss of Robin van Persie and Alex Song was too much for the side to recover from, but after a couple of months of bonding, new signings Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Cazorla himself started to make their names at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal are now battling it out with their London rivals Tottenham and Chelsea for a top-four finish as only two of them will be able to make it and with three games left, Arsenal are the in-form team.
Unfortunately it will be another season where Arsenal fail to win any silverware after poor showings in both domestic cups and the Champions League, but Cazorla believes the second half of the season, shows what Arsenal can really do.
"What I’ve taken from this year is that as a team we weren’t very consistent for half of the season, which cost us in terms of reaching the higher positions in the league," he told Arsenal Player.
"Now we’re a lot more consistent and that’s the form we were lacking before - being consistent and getting the three points whenever we could. We’re a long way off the top because of this lack of form, even though it was only for half the season.
"The aim is to win trophies. Unfortunately Arsenal has gone eight years without a trophy, which is a long time for such a huge club that’s always up there fighting with the other big clubs.
"This year we haven’t been able to, for various reasons. We got far in both the FA Cup and the League Cup but it wasn’t to be. I hope next year will be another story. We want to be fighting for the Premier League and all the tournaments we enter. We’re a great team and I’m sure we will."
As time is coming to an end in the Premier League season, Cazorla has been talking about his most favoured moment of his debut season in England.
"There are so many, but if you put me on the spot I’d say my first derby at home against Tottenham," said Cazorla.
"The week leading up to the game I didn’t really know what the derby meant here but in the street and even at training all the people who work for the club were saying ‘you have to beat Tottenham, it’s a massive rivalry, it’s huge!’
"I didn’t realise it was such a big deal! Luckily, we won at home [5-2] in a great game for the fans. I was able to score in my first derby and I’ll always remember that day."
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